Supplier Quality Engineer

We are looking for a Supplier Quality Engineer to take a pro-active role in the supply chain processes to deliver quality products to agreed specifications. You will need to have a full clean driving licence with your own vehicle as some travel is required for this role (travel expenses will be paid). Security clearance is also a prerequisite.

Responsibilities

* Provide data, analysis and feedback on issues, trends and actions, ensuring that actions are prioritised and progressed through robust root-cause analysis, corrective and preventative action, to sustainable and cost-effective solutions
* Review and suggest process improvements with external suppliers to ensure products are manufacturable on a continuous basis with respect to quality, yield and capability
* Ensure that all suppliers that manufacture custom parts or assemblies have a documented quality control plan that is adhered to
* Support specific process improvement projects within the company or agree a suitable existing project to deliver the improvements
* Carry out process and capability audits of suppliers in accordance with ISO9001:2015
* Specific monitoring of key suppliers as required in order to maintain external certification - ensure any non-conformities are addressed within timescales agreed
* Work cross-functionally to root cause issues that lead to:
- poor returns data attributed to supply chain issues
- customer issues with respect to supply chain
* Monitor suppliers of critical/single source components, conducting regular inspection/tool life calculation, recommending remedial action or replacement where necessary
* Provide "troubleshooting" expertise - managing critical supply chain issues

Requirements

* Minimum HNC in Electronic/Mechanical engineering or 5 years' experience in a similar role
* Proven experience in management of an international, technically orientated supply chain
* Experience in an engineering-based quality role; supplier quality, product and process audit, SPC and data analysis
* Experience with internal and external audits
* Good level of understanding of best practices across industries and how to apply relevant scalable processes
* In depth knowledge of electro-mechanical manufacturing processes and control; Surface Mount Assembly, injection moulding (PC & TPE), mechanical assembly and inspection
* Proven ability to communicate in a variety of formats with an appreciation of target audience
* A passion for Quality, whilst having commercial feet firmly on the ground
* Extensive people and relationship management skills
* Process oriented
* Ability to liaise with a cross functional organisation
* Confidence and experience to travel unaccompanied to varied geographical regions and cultures
* Flexible with the ability to travel internationally for up to 2 weeks at a time, sometimes at short notice

The following would be a distinct advantage:

* Experience working with Asian suppliers
* ISO9001:2015 audit experience
* Knowledge and practical use of six sigma methodology and tools to improve manufacturing processes (six sigma Yellow belt)

[ Cambridge, Salary range: £30,000 to £40,000 | vacancy reference : 32310 ]

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